13 Things You Should Know About Our Awesome Canadian Contest
You know your town rocks, so prove it. Here are 13 great reasons to enter our Canada’s Most Interesting Towns Contest today.
1. You could win $5,000
Really! The grand prize winner will take home $5,000 cash. Not only that, but an additional $5,000 will be awarded to the winning town-which will make the best town in Canada even better.
2. Conquerall Bank, NS is a place and it rocks
Nothing says my town beats your town-and will continue to do so in the future-like “Conquerall Bank.” To top it off, this small town was involved in the Chesapeake Affair during the American Civil War. Factual history aside, is there anything more intriguing (in a British, gentlemanly sort of way) than a Chesapeake Affair?
Photo: Irene Ungar
3. There are MORE cash prizes
That’s right! On top of the $5,000 grand prize, we have seven prizes of $1,000 in each of our seven categories:
-Most community spirit
4. There are 2 more weeks to enter
The contest closes Dec. 18. For the enterprising contest goer-oh, we’re looking at you!-that means more opportunities to submit your tales of urban excellence, or just to spill your juiciest town secrets.
5. You Could Get Published
Well hello there, famous writer. Win in one of our seven cateogories-or the grand prize itself-and you could see your words and name in an upcoming issue of our Reader’s Digest Canada magazine. (Which, thankfully, is almost pocket-sized, so you can bring it around and show everyone.)
6. (Almost) anything goes-including “mutiny, murder, and madness”
So it’s not an R-rated contest, and you probably shoudn’t swear either. Other than that, we’ll take almost any entry that makes a case for your town-fact or fiction. Like the couple who saved the day after they saw a pair of teens wielding a machete. (That was fact.) Or the sea-faring kitty that was found with a “confession bound to her neck [that] told a tale of mutiny, murder and madness. And buried treasure.” (Fiction.)
Photo: Denise Sevier-Fries
7. You get to brag even before you win
Hey, you don’t really need to win the contest to indulge in a good boast about your town. Think you attend the hippest events, drink at the coolest bars, and hang out with the greatest people? Are the sunsets in your city the nicest you’ve ever seen? Does your town lack money, but make up for it in heart? Nobody likes a braggart. Except us. This is the place and the time.
Photo: Brent Eades
8. You’re competing against dinosaurs, cats, and talking paintbrushes.
Come on, admit it: you’ve been dying to take on the “Dinosaur Capital of the World.” (That’s Drumheller, AB-unless of course you think it’s not, which is all the more reason to enter.) You’ll also go head to head with Jas’Mine (a black and white pirate’s cat from Comox, BC,) and Scarlett Orange (a surprisingly eloquent tube of orange paint that is just plain sick of creating beautiful sunsets.)
9. You’re a poet and you don’t know it
Or maybe you do know it. Either way, there’s no better place to reveal your true rhyming chops.
Need inspiration? Just take a few lines from our most recent poem submission:
Sudbury was once a just a polluted mining town
Bare rocks, slag piles and smelters all around
Bleak landscape anywhere the eye would dwell
Sulfur didn’t promote breathing well.
10. If one woman can enter seven times, you can enter at least once
Let’s hear it for Comox, BC. If it’s not the most interesting Canadian town, it’s definitely the one with the most dedicated resident. Denise Sevier-Fries has already submitted seven unique full-length entries. We think that’s great. But rest assured, you only need to enter once for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize.
11. For you, it’s free
You know those contests that cost $15, even $20, to enter? This isn’t one of them. So, you can enter once a day without having to part with your hard-earned cash.
12. You could have strangers liking you on Facebook
It’s nice to be liked. And it’s awesome to be liked by random Canadians who don’t even know you. Enter our contest, and you might find your photo and story on our Facebook page for all to see, admire, and share. Plus, people can vote for your entry on our site- another great way to get the stamp of approval from total strangers.
13. It’s a great way to say “thanks” to your town.
You love where you live: your community comes together at a moment’s notice, your local attractions draw both residents and visitors, and the natural beauty of the place is incomparable. So get to it. Dispel inaccurate stereotypes, share personal stories, and put your town on the map-where you know it belongs. (You do know that, right?)
Photo: Barb Giroday